Just like last year, the day before winter break, I hosted a celebration for the fifth graders in the my classroom. A handful of children volunteered to come in early in the morning to decorate the room. For the rest of the children, they were not up to this type of mundane task that required “creative thinking”. I opened up the doors at 7:45am as scheduled. The Decoration Committee marched and started adorning the room with streamers and balloons. Then a couple of students walked in and saw how fun it looked to tape the streamers and blow up the balloons, they “volunteered”. Then more walked by and decided to join. Before long, the room was packed with students who were all there as part of the Committee.
I thought to myself, everyone has in him/her the desire to join the “winning team”, the “success”. Even children knew that it was no longer worth while to stand on the sideline and not to be a part of something so “fun” and grand, even when labor was required. Each year, I learn something from and about my students. They have a way of making something ordinary wonderful. Another great beginning of my winter break.